is an American metalcore
band from Winthrop
. Their debut album, The Stings of Conscience
, was a popular offering in the then-underground metalcore scene. Their music is a mixture of modern metal
resulting in their genre being metalcore. In their most recent album, III: In the Eyes of Fire
, they have developed a more thrash metal
sound. They are also well known for playing seven-stringed guitars, while the bass player plays a five-stringed bass. They have contributed a new song, titled "The Chosen", for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
. The song can be heard at the movie's official website and is available on the film's soundtrack
. Their latest album, The March
, is scheduled to be released October 14th, 2008.
Early Career (1998-2002)
was formed by Trevor Phipps, Buz McGrath, Ken Susi, Mike Rudberg, and Chris Rybicki in Wakefield
in 1998. Phipps had grown tired of his then current band, Point 04 (containing Susi, McGrath, Rudberg, and Rybicki). Initially the new band was not to include Buz McGrath, but he showed up to the jam session anyway, and the original lineup was completed. The name "Unearth" was reused from Drummer Mike Rudberg's old band. On the small independent label, Endless Fight Records, they released their first EP
called Above the Fall of Man
in May, 1999. Years after the release, Unearth signed to Eulogy Recordings
to release The Stings of Conscience
in 2001 and Endless
in 2002. During the process of Endless, Chris Rybicki left the group and was replaced by John Maggard.
The New Beginning (2003-2005)
After playing in venues like the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
with Unearth, Mike Rudberg left the group a day after their performance at The SXSW
in 2003 for the reason of playing naked during that night. Also Buz McGrath left for personal problems but came back shortly after. The rest of Unearth would then use Paulie Antignai of Sworn Enemy
as temporary replacement drummer and Kia Eshghi of Rumi as a touring guitarist (before Buz returned).
With Buz McGrath and new permanent replacement drummer, Mike Justian of The Red Chord and previously Post-Hardcore/Screamo band Hassan I Sabbah, Unearth released the The Oncoming Storm under Metal Blade Records on June 29, 2004. Shortly after, they would begin touring with Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, and Lamb of God for MTV's Headbangers Ball US tour. They would also tour with Slipknot the next year. In 2005, Unearth performed in the first ever Sounds Of The Underground tour with numerous bands like Norma Jean, GWAR, and All That Remains.
In the Eyes of Fire (2006-present)
In early 2006, they began writing their next album. After the writing process, they recorded III: In the Eyes of Fire
with well-known heavy metal producer Terry Date
. This latest coup was yet another landmark in their blossoming career, a fact the band were quick to acknowledge: "Working with Terry Date is another amazing feat for us on a growing list of accomplishments. As they finished their latest album, they performed at Ozzfest
for the second time, including songs from the album even though it was not destined for release until August 8
. During the release, they began their headlined Sanctity of Brothers tour with Bleeding Through
, Through the Eyes of the Dead
. After participating in Japan's Loud Park festival, Unearth and Slayer
toured together all around the U.S. in early 2007 on the Christ Illusion tour. They headlined a tour in the beginning of 2007 with Job for a Cowboy
, Despised Icon
, and DÅÅTH
. They then headlined a European tour which was followed by a U.S. & Canadian tour with Dimmu Borgir
that began in the middle of April. It was during this tour that drummer
Mike Justian decided to leave the band. His departure was amicable, according to other members of the band. To fill in for the rest of the tour, Gene Hoglan
of Strapping Young Lad
was recruited. They played in the 2007 Download Festival
with Seemless/Kingdom of Sorrow/studio drummer Derek Kerswill
and he's been with them since.
As of June 7th, III: In the Eyes of Fire has sold 85,000 copies in the US.
The band's new live DVD Alive from the Apocalypse was released on March 18th.
- Mike Justian - drums (Left during the band's 2007 US & Canadian tour, now part of Trap Them)
- Chris "Rover" Rybicki - bass guitar (Left during the production of Endless)
- Mike Rudberg - drums (Left after the release of Endless)
Fill-Ins For Tours/ Misc Reasons
- Kia Eshghi - guitar (Filled in for Buz from 2003-2004, and again during the fall 2004 headlining tour following the release of The Oncoming Storm. Was once part of A Static Lullaby)
- Paulie Antignai - drums (Filled in after Mike Rudberg left. Part of the band Sworn Enemy)
- Peter Layman - guitar (Filled in for Buz during 2005 Japan/Australia tour, also a founding member of the band Apiary)
- Dave Stauble - guitar (Filled in for Buz during 2002 summer US tour. Original/current Since the Flood guitarist)
- Scott McDonald - guitar (Filled in for Buz during 2001 summer US tour. Originally guitarist in Sevenday Curse, currently guitarist in Avariel)
- Gene Hoglan - drums (Filled in after Mike Justain left, made a brief return after Kerswill's first run with the band, 2007)